Tinley Park father arrested, charged with murder of his teenage daughter, police say – NBC Chicago

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A Tinley Park man has been arrested and charged with first degree murder after he allegedly killed his daughter inside the family home earlier this week.

Police say Mohammed Almaru, 42, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his 17-year-old daughter, Mia Maro, who was found dead at her Tinley Park home on Sunday.

Police arrived at the home around 5 p.m. for an inquest into the death. When they arrived, they found Maro on the lower level of the house, where she had suffered multiple injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office determined his death was a homicide as a result of multiple injuries, authorities said.

Authorities also found Almaru, who had self-inflicted injuries to his wrist and throat. He had also swallowed pills, authorities said, and was taken to an area hospital, where his condition stabilized.

Almaru was intubated in hospital following his injuries and police were unable to question him until Monday afternoon. He is still receiving medical treatment.

Based on interviews and evidence gathered at the scene, authorities charged him with the murder of his daughter.

A day after a Tinley Park high school student was found dead, his friends and classmates expressed their sadness and shared memories of the person they adored.

Maro attended Victor J. Andrew High School and was expected to graduate in just a few weeks.

A neighbor told NBC 5 that she saw police activity at the house on Sunday.

“I was scared, I didn’t know what had happened,” said Erica Krueger. “I just wanted to know they were all okay.”

Elyana Aldabbagh, a classmate who first met Mia in sixth grade, described her as “really adorable”.

“She was one of the nicest, kindest, smartest girls ever,” Elyana said. “I honestly thought she was going to make an impact in this world, because she was amazing. She helped me a lot in school.”

Others also expressed their grief upon learning of their friend’s death.

“We had an art class together,” Trinity Maze said. “She was so creative. She put her all into the art projects. So creative. The nicest person. Always made a bad situation a good one. Every time I walked into class I was thrilled to talk to him. Really sad, that’s how it ended.”

A memorial of flowers, balloons and a poster reading “in loving memory of Mia Maro” has been erected outside the residence where she was found dead.

Social workers and counselors will be available at Andrew High School to help all students grieving the loss of Mia, according to a message from the principal to the school community.

Elyana, Mia’s classmate, says she just saw her friend on Thursday.

“She was amazing,” Elyana said. “We were in the same class for graphic novels. She would help me with that class too. We were about to graduate.”

NBC Chicago

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